December 29 Today In History

Today’s Important Historical Events

1835 Treaty of New Echota is signed between the US government and representatives of a minority Cherokee political faction to cede all lands of the Cherokee east of the Mississippi River to the United States

1845 Texas admitted as 28th state of the Union

1903 French Equatorial Africa separates into Gabon, Chad and Ubangi-Shari

1911 Sun Yat-sen elected 1st President of the Republic of China

1997 Hong Kong begins slaughtering all its chickens to prevent bird flu

Today’s Historical Events

1170 English Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket assassinated before the high altar of Canterbury Cathedral by four knights

1503 Battle of Garigliano: Spanish army under Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba defeats French forces in Italy, giving Spain control of the Kingdom of Naples

1539 St Jacob’s Church burns after being hit by lightning

1541 Isabella of Poland and King Ferdinand of Austria sign Treaty of Gyalu

1558 Charles V, King of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, buried in El Escorial, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain

1653 Dutch painter Jan Vermeer becomes a member of the Guild of Saint Luke for painters in Delft

1705 Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon’s play “Idoménée” premieres in Paris

1708 Great Alliance occupies Gent

Today’s Historical Events in Film and TV

1806 Thomas Dibdin’s pantomime “Harlequin and Mother Goose” starring Joseph Grimaldi, in his most famous clown performance, opens at the Covent Garden Theatre, London

1913 1st movie serial “Adventures of Kathlyn” premieres in Chicago

1932 Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers‘ 1st joint movie “Flying Down to Rio,” directed by Thornton Freeland, premieres in NYC

1933 “Sons of the Desert” film directed by William A. Seiter starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is released

1937 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win NWA World heavyweight title – youngest ever

1949 1st UHF television station operating regular basis Bridgeport, Connecticut

1955 Barbra Streisand‘s 1st recording “You’ll Never Know” at age 13

1965 “Thunderball”, 4th James Bond film starring Sean Connery and Claudine Auger premieres in Tokyo, Japan

Today’s Historical Music Events

1857 Franz Liszt‘s symphonic poem “Die Hunnenschlacht” premieres in Weimar

1902 “The Entertainer” is one of several piano rag compositions copyrighted for Scott Joplin by the US Copyright Office

1911 San Francisco Symphony forms

1948 “Rape of Lucretia” opens at Ziegfeld Theater NYC for 23 performances

1982 Bob Marley postage stamp issued in Jamaica

1984 Blues took 27 shots against Islanders in 1 period

1993 Courtney Love sues doctors for leaking news of her methadone treatment

1996 “Dreams & Nightmares” closes at Martin Beck Theater NYC

Today’s Historical Events in Sports

1906 Stanley Cup, Montreal Arena, Westmount, Quebec: Montreal Wanderers beat New Glasgow (NS), 7-2 for 17-5 aggregate challenge series victory

1933 New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert refuses to release future Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Babe Ruth to manage the Cincinnati Reds

1934 First collegiate basketball doubleheader is played at Madison Square Garden, NYC; New York University beats Notre Dame, 25-18; Westminster edges St. John’s, 37-33

1937 Lou Thesz beats Everett Marshall in St Louis, to win NWA World heavyweight title – youngest ever

1940 3rd NFL All Star Game: Chicago Bears beats NFL All-Stars, 28-14

1945 Montreal right wing Maurice Richard scores twice in Canadiens’ 5-4 loss to Chicago Black Hawks to record his 100th NHL career goal; reaches mark in 145 games, then fastest in history; since broken by Mike Bossy, 100 goals in 129 games

1955 NHL officials wear new vertically striped black-and-white sweaters for the first time in Montreal Canadiens’ 5-2 win over Toronto Maple Leafs

1957 National Football League Championship, Briggs Stadium, Detroit: Detroit Lions beat Cleveland Browns, 50-14; Lions score 2 touchdowns in each quarter